It’s snowshoe season in the Black Hills. With thousands of acres to explore, the Black Hills National Forest is a great place to take part in this relatively inexpensive winter sport. The 60 miles of trails are designated for shared cross-country and snowshoe use, and if you are feeling extra adventurous there are endless numbers of new trails to breakthrough.
If designated snowshoe areas are more your style, “trek” out a section of the 109-mile Mickelson Trail. There are 15 trailheads with amenities, and this trek is sure to be family fun for all ages and experience levels. To sample the diverse landscapes of the area, we recommend the picking a section of the 111-mile Centennial Trail. Running from Bear Butte Lake to Wind Cave National Park, this scenic trek is full of wildlife.
Don’t have your own gear? Not a problem. The Mickelson Trail office, on the road to Terry Peak, has snowshoes you can borrow to give the sport a try. In addition, rental shoes are available in numerous locations through out the Black Hills. Sporting goods stores, ski resorts and lodges provide a variety of shoes from traditional type to smaller, newer models. Rental fees start around $15 making snowshoeing one of the most affordable ways to get out and enjoy the beauty of the Black Hills this winter.
If your new to the area or would just like an expert’s advice, many lodges and resorts offer guided trips. Several snowshoeing events are hosted throughout the Black Hills such as the Walk in the Park: Snowshoe on the Mickelson Trail this weekend in Lead. No experience is needed, and shoes are provided. For a full list of snowshoeing events in the Black Hills visit travelsd.com/Events.